New test proposed for football helmets

WLFI File Photo
WLFI File Photo

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A new test is being proposed for football helmets in the fight against concussions.

News 18’s sister station WISH-TV confirms the group that sets safety standards for athletic equipment will vote to adopt new testing criteria at an annual meeting in Boston on Friday.

Currently, football helmets must pass tests for linear concussions where the head rocks back and forth from direct blows. The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment will require that helmets pass certification for rotational concussions when the impact makes the head suddenly spin shearing and twisting the brain.

In May, Chief Investigator Karen Hensel questioned the director of NOCSAE why with so many kids suffering concussions and 20 years of discussion, there is still no youth standard for football helmets.

Meanwhile, the new rotational testing takes effect next year and would only apply to new helmets. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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